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welcome to "world news tonight." hitting at this hour, a massive arctic blast taking direct aim in the u.s. across 1,000 miles of america, bracing for heavy snow and frigid winds. and all of it on the move tonight. the two americans in north korea back home tonight after a high stakes negotiation from america's top spy master. what we're now learning. fatal impact. a speeding train with nowhere to stop and the young people there, no place to go. the conductor's emergency call. >> i just hit kids on a bridge. >> just how safe are the tracks across america. and fire ball. the mystery light show caught on camera streaking across the texas sky. what is it and why are we seeing so many of these spectacles?
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good evening. i'm dan harris. the calendar says it's six weeks until winter. but apparently, nobody told the jet stream that is dipping south from the arctic tonight, bringing with it the blast of frigid air. and the first snow of the season. all of this, the result of a typho typhoon, the biggest storm on the planet this year. was the most powerful storm to hit alaska in decades and snow in canada. and now it's barreling in the lower 48. abc's alex perez starts us off tonight in chicago. >> reporter: a blast of winter, barreling through canada into the u.s. tonight. at calgary international airport, visibility down as the storm swallows the city. driving there, also a challenge. winter weather arriving early across the country. in california, this ski resort has gotten more than ten inches
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of snowfall. but in the midwest and parts of minnesota, they are expecting more than a foot of snow and plunging temperatures to start the work week. in wisconsin, salt trucks and plows already on standby. last week, nuri battled the alaskan islands with winds up to 100 miles an hour. and waves at least 50 feet high. and the crews from the discovery channel's "deadliest catch" struggling to stay safe. >> we don't need to get anybody hurt. just get home safe. >> reporter: nnuri is one of the most powerful storms ever recorded. the size and the strength helped push the jet stream far north, across alaska and in the northwest. what comes up, must come down. the result? a big deep in the jet stream in the eastern u.s., which opens the gates for the arctic air to plunge this week. and the unseasonable temperatures from the midwest will stretch to the gulf coast
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this week. the winter weather, here sooner than any of us would like. dan?1ánx >> let's bring in meteorologist dave dahl from minneapolis/st. paul. a part of the country that is directly in the bull's-eye. dave, how much snow is this storm going to deliver? >> it's going to create the most snow so far this season. of course the first significant snowfall. it's going to affect travel from montana, and across the dakotas and in minnesota, 6 to 12 inches could fall. even here in the twin cities. maybe as much as a foot and a half in the northern portions of wisconsin. >> a foot and a half, no joke. the bigger story is behind the snow. >> absolutely. we are going to see the temperatures tumble tomorrow. here in the upper midwest, we will have the freezing temps. the cold push, the plunge is going to go down the southeastern part of the country. thursday, we are talking temps in the 30s all the way to the east coast. >> arctic plunge sounds uncomfortable. but we thank you very much, dave dahl. >> you're very welcome. we move on to the two
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americans back with their families tonight after an ordeal in a prison in north korea. they were set free after america's top spy master made a trip to the country. this is a cloak and dagger tale with a happy ending. and bob woodruff has new details. >> reporter: tonight, the men are back on soil. kenneth bae who has been sentenced for 15 years of hard labor, accused of preaching against the regime, home today. along with matthew todd miller, held captive after entering north korea illegally in april. north korea says he asked for asylum there. they arrived on a military plane overnight. >> it's been an amazing two years. i learned a lot. i grew a lot. lost a lot of weight. >> reporter: both released because of a secretive trip by america's spy master, director of national intelligence james clapper. sources tell abc news that the north koreans requested a visit
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by a high level official. clapper, apparently carrying a personal message from president obama. u.s. officials say it was not an apology or negotiation. and he did not meet with kim jong-un, the mysterious leader >> this is what we call a charm offensive, where they're saying, we're really not that bad and we can show you we can make life easier for everybody. >> reporter: just last month, the other american held there also freed. jeffrey fowle, caught by officials leaving a bible in a bathroom. >> packed me in a black vw sedan. two big guys on either side of me. >> reporter: how did they treat you physically? >> physically, i was not abused at all. i had three meals a day. >> reporter: the bae family says they can't wait for spending the holidays together. >> we are glad to have him home. we don't really care how or who or -- we are just happy to have him home. >> and bob is here. you have been to north korea five times, really extraordinary. what is your sense of why the north koreans are doing this? >> i don't think we have any idea.
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to tell you the truth. it's a mysterious country. we don't know what they are thinking in their minds. and when they speak to the united states officials, they don't know either. one thing that certainly makes sense, they are trying to get the sanctions lifted so the economy can improve. this is certainly going to help that chance for them. >> bob woodruff, thank you. and from virginia tonight, a fatal encounter raising questions about the safety of railroads tracks that crisscross the country. it involves a railroad bridge with a stunning view and a group of young adventurers with a speeding freight train and no way to stop. here is more. >> i just hit kids on the bridge, train emergency on the bridge, over. >> reporter: the fast moving freight train. crossing over lynchburg, virginia's james river. tonight, a group of young adventures grieving.
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after their friends were struck by an on coming norfolk southern train saturday afternoon. >> we hit one for sure. i'm not sure what happened to the other, over. >> reporter: greg was killed instantly. and bridges air lifted to a nearby hospital. police investigating how and why they got on the bridge. but the area is popular with photographers with nature lovers. like greg, posting this photo on instagram one week ago, posing on the very same bridge where he lost his life. we have seen the terrifying train track accidents before. in july, these two women in indiana trying to outrun a freight train, surviving incredibly by laying down on the tracks. to get here in lunchburg, you have to ignore the warning signs and then climb over the 7 foot high barbed wire fence. despite the obvious risk, more than 400 people in the u.s. are killed each year trespassing
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on train tracks. the number of deaths up 25%. in the last year. and victoria bridges is recovering at home and possibly facing criminal trespassing charges. the railroad norfolk southern told us they could put up more signs and build higher fences but that will still not stop someone determined to get on the tracks. dan? >> thank you. another car company is recalling vehicles with dangerous air bags. nissan joining a growing list of auto makers telling the owners the air bags may send shrapnel when they open up. it involves nearly 50,000 vehicles and there are nearly 8 million vehicles from ten automakers from the air bag company. the british royals are doing their job of keep calm and carry on tonight in the race of a terror plot that could have hit close to home. the queen was out today participating in the british
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version of veterans day amid very high security. and lama hassan was there. >> reporter: a symbolic display of defiance from the queen today. undaunted by the arrest by scotland yard two days ago. four men detained as part of an investigation in islam related terrorism. they were allegedly plotting to carry out attacks on british soil. fears here rising since britain joined the u.s. in bombing isis targets in iraq. security at today's event, on high alert. >> in that sense, it's the biggest security operation in the world. the queen lays her wreath. >> reporter: her majesty leading the country in an annual tradition. the remembrance of those who lost their lives in world war i. members of the royal family in tow. noticeably absent is prince harry. in afghanistan for a quick trip to represent the queen and pay his respect.
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the royal family's show of solidarity and a sign of appreciation from the crowd. >> applause. i never heard that before for the queen. >> reporter: a thank you for the queen and the royal family for carrying out their duties. despite the terror threats. amid the terror attacks, scotland yard said it was had an appropriate police in place for the event today. dan? >> applause for the queen today. back home to texas, where the night sky lit up and so did the 911 phone lines. police fielding hundreds of calls from people who saw a fire ball or who heard what sounded like an explosion. abc's tom llamas reports, more scenes like this could be on the way. >> reporter: tonight across central texas many are asking, did you see it? that fire in the sky that some say caused a sonic boom. >> we heard an explosion on the 5-7. >> reporter: you can see the fire ball on this dash cam video
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and look at it here on this police cruiser cam. nasa confirming to abc news it was a meteor, four feet long, four thousand pounds traveling 55,000 miles per hour. >> it looked like it went across into mexico. >> reporter: just last week, people in several states saw fire balls racing over the sky. and overseas, check out this one streaking over japan. nasa says nearly 50 tons of meteorites reach our atmosphere every day. the reason we don't wear helmets? the bulk of it burns up in the atmosphere. but massive space rocks sometimes do hit and hit big. last year in russia, a shock wave blowing out windows and the many injured. right now, the time to look up. and three different meteor showers peppering earth. meaning we will see more images out of this world. tom llamas, abc news, new york.
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>> thank you. there is a global milestone to celebrate tonight. behind me, the berlin's gate, obscured for decades by the wall dividing east and west. 25 years ago, the wall came down. so many in the world worry about a new cold war between the u.s. and russia. here is abc's john donvan. >> reporter: in berlin today, they went with light to remember these are balloons, 8,000 of them, each with a light in them to mark the path of the scar, that once ran through this city the path of the berlin wall. constructed in 1961 to stop this, the flight of its own citizens from communism to get to freedom on the west side. the wall, the ultimate symbol, the talking point. >> mr. gorbachav, tear down this wall. >> reporter: he was the soviet leader who let this happen 25 years ago when a crowd of east
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german's surged for one of the crossing points and the guards let them through. our peter jennings was right there. >> the wall is suddenly irrelevant. >> reporter: here is how it changed. heading the celebrations, a leader who grew up there, angela merkel. the fall that the dreams can come true. not all dreams, former enemies becoming good friends. and gorbachav describing relations with russia as a new cold war. but 25 years ago tonight, it was still all dream come true when the wall like this line of balloons came apart in a stunning instant. john donvan, abc news, washington. >> so great to see peter jennings once again. coming up, the horrifying attempt of an abduction of a girl in utah snatched out of her bedroom. how the girl survived the ordeal and what experts say you can do
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finally tonight, lifestyles of the insanely rich and famous. america's most expensive home is now officially on the market. it has everything. vineyard, sweeping staircases, a bowling alley, a pool and more. all for the low, low price of 195 million bucks. abc's clayton sandell takes us inside now. >> reporter: this over the top mega mansion is for sale on 25 acres in the hills. not just any hills. the beverly hills. it comes with its own vineyard, 12 bedrooms, 23 bathrooms, a
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27-car garage, a 50-seat movie theater and marble everything. the place even comes with the 90210 zip code for just 195 million of these. but before you buy, you should know the average price of one squarp foot in a u.s. home is about $84. here, try a whopping 3600 bucks. whether or not it fetches full price is in question. the mansion where they filmed the "godfather" is on the market since april for $135 million. and the spellings who helped make 90210 famous wanted 150 million for the family estate. they practically gave it away for 85 million. so who buys a place like this? >> it's going to be a foreign buyer of some kind. it could be chinese, kuwaiti, dubai. >> reporter: sure, prices like these are out of the question
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for 99.9999% of the rest of us but what's wrong with a few champagne wishes and caviar dreams? clayton sandell, abc news, beverly hills. >> it's always fun to look. thanks for watching. gma in the morning and david muir here tomorrow night. have a great evening and good night.
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next at 6:00. a ted body found at a frat house just off cal's campus. what authorities are saying. >> i miss him so much. >> a family travels across the country to help look for a missing bay area man. >> a cooldown is coming but may not be the only change in the weather. abc7 news at 6:00 starts now. >> good evening. a 20-year-old man has been found dead at a cal fraternity. at the body was discovered at noon today at the zeta psi house on bancroft avenue. lillian kim is live from berkeley with developing details. reporter: members of zeta psi are not talking. police says the dead 20-year-old
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male was found in a room upstairs at the house. officers say the man is nobody a member of the fraternity not a student at uc berkeley. they say he was one of the many attendees of the party thrown here last night. police got the call about an unresponsive man just after 12:00 p.m. today. officers are erring on the side of caution and investigating the death as suspicious. he was found face down, and according to the blog, witness says vomit was found around he man's mouth. the fraternity is not officially recognized by the university. students say they regularly throw parties which can often get very large. >> when it's at its peek, anywhere from -- peak, 500 to 700, something around there. >> theft big. >> it's a lot of space in there. one of the best buildings for parties for sure. >> wow. i'm shocked. a little puzzled about it.

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